Everyone of us have been in a everyday musical conversation,
some days ago me and some friends we were talking about rock music and one of my friends started talking about progressive rock” or “progressive metal and we started to talk about what is progressive music and the conclusion was that each person seems to either add more or less to the definition. If you do a research you will find out that there is a plethora of prog definitions out there.
For clarity, I will use the commonly used shortcut term of “prog” to represent the progressive rock and progressive metal genre here.
A definition of Progressive Rock
Progressive rock (often shortened to prog or prog rock) is a form of rock music originated as an attempt to elevate rock music to new levels greater artistic weight and credibility to rock music, throughout in the late 1960s and early 1970s as part of a “mostly British attempt to give greater artistic weight and credibility with further developments in Germany, Italy, and France, Bands abandoned the short pop single in favor of instrumentation and compositional techniques more frequently associated with jazz or classical music in an effort to give rock music the same level of musical sophistication and critical respect.
.” The term “art rock” is often used interchangeably with “progressive rock”, but while there are crossovers between the two genres, they are not identical.
Progressive rock bands pushed “rock’s technical and compositional boundaries” by going beyond the standard rock or popular verse-chorus-based song structures. Additionally, the arrangements often incorporated elements drawn from classical, jazz, and world music. Instrumentals were common, while songs with lyrics were sometimes conceptual, abstract, or based in fantasy. Progressive rock bands sometimes used “concept albums that made unified statements, usually telling an epic story or tackling a grand overarching theme.”
Progressive rock developed from late 1960s psychedelic rock, as part of a wide-ranging tendency in rock music of this era to draw inspiration from ever more diverse influences. The term was applied to the music of bands such as King Crimson, Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Soft Machine and Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Progressive rock came into most widespread use around the mid-1970s. While progressive rock reached the peak of its popularity in the 1970s and early 1980s, neo-progressive bands have continued playing for faithful audiences in the subsequent decades.